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Truckee Meadows Community College

Truckee Meadows Community College

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Studying overseas need not be expensive. And if you intend to study in the United States, enroll in an academic institution that values your contribution to the college community. Quality education, reasonable fees in northern Nevada's jobs college: Truckee Meadows Community College!


Whether you are a fresh high school graduate or just want to enhance your degree and bring it up to the entry-level standards for your profession in the United States, Truckee Meadows Community College (or TMCC) would be a great choice for you. 

Welcoming the diversity of its student populace, TMCC not only encourages its international students to share their culture with the  domestic students but also thrives on the academic excellence of everyone.  Proof of this is that TMCC has Foundation Scholarships open also to international students that recognize and support scholastic achievement. If studying in the United States will be your first time living overseas for a year or more, you will feel right at home at TMCC.

Nevada: "All for our country." 

That is Nevada state's motto.  Nevada is one of the few states in the U.S.A. with "virtually no corporate taxes and no personal income taxes."  Nevada (from the Spanish word "nieve" or snow-capped), is  a business-friendly state where private companies are exempt from labor contracts that require employees to pay union dues.

Land is relatively easy to find and cheap to buy in Nevada than in California. And if you are interested in alternative sources of power, green power is plentiful.  Truckee Meadows Community College  offers energy technology programs and has installed Black Rock Solar, adding green technology to the campus.

Important industries in Nevada include mining and tourism.  For the former, Nevada has natural resources including gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, tungsten, uranium, manganese and opal.  Agriculture is also an important industry as the state has cattle ranching, horse raising and produces hay, wheat, corn and potatoes.

Nevada Home to Truckee Meadows Community College by IVCWhile large hotel casinos may be found in Las Vegas and Reno, there are other outdoor recreation activities.  Nevada may be land-locked but the state has a number of large natural lakes including Lake Tahoe, Topaz Lake, Walker Lake, and Pyramid Lake.  With all that Nevada has to offer, skiing, river rafting are just two outdoor activities that you may enjoy while living in Truckee Meadows.

Nevada also has 51 mountain peaks above 2,743 meters.  If you'd like to compare:

  • Mount Apo in the Philippines is 2,954 meters above sea level;
  • Saka Haphong in Bangladesh is 1,063 meters; 
  • Bukit Timah Hill in Singapore is 164 meters,
  • Fansipan in Vietnam is 3,143 meters;
  • Doi Inthanon in Thailand is 2,565 meters;
  • Mount Kosciuszko in Australia is 2,228 meters; and
  • Mount Fuji in Japan is 3,776 meters. 

Reno: the BIGGEST Little City in the World!

The City of Reno continues to rebound from the effects of the economic crash.  The main business activity of Reno in the previous century used to be centered on gaming and entertainment, just like Las Vegas.  

Currently, Reno economy is much diversified and includes:
    • Healthcare;
    • Technology -based industries (Tesla and Microsoft are based in Reno);
    • Entrepreneurial start-ups;
    • Education and 
    • Financial services. 

Some Items and goods are manufacture or produced in Washoe county as well: cement, labeling devices, suntan lotion, valves, dairy and food products, pet food, microwaves, electronic equipment, livestock, agricultural produce.

Ski Resort in Reno home to Truckee Meadows Community College by IVCNevertheless, tourism is the major industry in the Reno area with the hotel and casino industry attracting more than 5M visitors a year. A wide range of restaurants and retail stores have sprung up mainly due to the various industries supporting the local economy.  If you enjoy an active social and club scene, downtown Reno is full of nightclubs, bars and art galleries.

If you are looking for family-friendly activities you will find these as well in Reno.  Nearby mountains spawned the highest concentration of ski resorts (51!) in the United States, giving year-round recreational opportunities.    Reno is also surrounded by golf courses, hiking trails, fishing holes, and mountain drives.  Enough places for you to bring your children during weekends together.

Reno Ranks High in Places to Live.

Livability.com, an arbiter of top places to live, checks out more than 2,000 cities in the United States with populations between 20,000 to 350,000. These are considered small to mid-sized cities.

In 2016 Livability ranked Reno #47, several steps up from the #54 ranking in 2015, citing the following factors for the decision:

  • Outdoor activities;
  • Arts scene; and 
  • Affordable housing options.

Reno’s economy, sustainability and housing market all contribute to the high quality of life that the citizens enjoy.  And if you are younger than 35, you'll be glad to note that Reno is ranked #32 as one of the "Best U.S. Cities for People 35 and Under."

Nevada: State Involvement in Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation offers job training services to both employers and job seekers, including:

  • Applicant recruitment and screening;
  • Tax credit benefits;
  • Training programs and career enhancement programs; and
  • Labor market information.

In addition to tax breaks that companies get, the State of Nevada Commission on Economic Development administers a program called TEN, an acronym for  Train Employees Now,  The TEN program, provides intensive skills-based training programs to employees that are tailored to a company's needs.  This is crucial as TEN uses the resources of training providers such as Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno in training, recruiting and continuing education.

Truckee Meadows Community College (or TMCC) is northern Nevada's jobs college, preparing qualified students for jobs in industries in Nevada.  In fact, 95% of TMCC's graduates remain in Nevada after completing their studies, helping to build and support the local community.  TMCC students, graduates, employees and infrastructure put more than $678 million into the region's economy each year.

Some interesting facts about Truckee Meadows.

Truckee Meadows, the second largest population in Nevada, is part of the city of Reno and is one of several valleys in the state of Nevada.  Reno belongs to Washoe County and so does another city, Sparks.  If you ever decide to settle in Washoe county, you have an option to so in either city.

Truckee Meadows Community College The name "Truckee" is from a Native American chief, known as Truckee to the group of settlers (although Truckee may not have been his real name).  This chief guided an emigrant party in 1844 from Northern Nevada to California via a river that was at that time, known as Salmon Trout River.  This group of emigrants then named the river after the chief.

Do you find this interesting? Studying in Truckee Meadows Community College, you may want to join in some socio-civic activities in ensuring that Truckee River remains clean for everyone to enjoy.

If you believe that Truckee Meadows is just another small college town, think again.  Truckee Meadows itself is home to the following big companies:

  • Amazon;
  • Barnes & Noble;
  • Microsoft;
  • Starbucks Coffee.

Truckee Meadows Community College.

Aspire, Succeed, Prosper!

Serving over 25,000 domestic and international students each year, TMCC's offers a variety of programs leading to associate degrees and certificates in more than 40 academic and occupational areas.  As the fastest growing college in Northern Nevada and as northern Nevada's jobs college, TMCC offers:

  • Academic and university transfer;
  • Occupational training;
  • Career enhancement workshops; and
  • Non-credit classes just for fun!

Why Study in Truckee Meadows Community College

As northern Nevada's jobs college, TMCC continually finds new ways to prepare students for jobs in the community. Devoted to helping its students create their own futures by changing and touching their lives, Truckee Meadows Community College is committed to:

  • Student access and success
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Evidence of student progress through assessment of student outcomes
  • Nurturing a climate of innovative and creative thought
  • Collaborative decision making
  • Community development through partnerships and services
  • Ethical practices and integrity
  • Respect, compassion, and equality for all persons
  • Responsible and sustainable use of resources
  • Fostering attitudes that exemplify responsible participation in a democratic society

There are more concrete reasons for enrolling in Truckee Meadows Community College including:

  • Access to Continuous Learning

And when you graduate, you may still want to return from time to time to be in touch with the latest technology and updates in your field. TMCC's Workforce Development and Community Education offers northern Nevada's largest selection of non-credit professional success and personal enrichment courses that serve everyone in the community from children and teens to adults and esteemed elders.

  • Child Care Center

If you are going to travel with a young child, you may be able to enroll him or her on Semester-Care with the Truckee Meadows Community College E.L. Cord Child Care Center.  The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and provides quality care and education based on best practices. Semester-Care provides child care for children of TMCC students and part-time faculty. Through the program, child care is available for a few hours each week during the semester while students and faculty are in class.  This is a PAID service though so think about this before you decide to enrol you child.

  • Counseling Center

The Counseling Center has professionally trained and skilled counselors with whom you can discuss your concerns, questions and feelings in a comfortable and trusting environment. 

The Counseling Center offers the following:

  • Personal Counseling to enrolled students to assist with issues that interfere with normal day-to-day life, academic difficulties, anxiety, crises/emergencies and suicide prevention.
  • Career Counseling, including assessments and inventory tools to assist students in understanding their values, interests, personality and skills and how they match occupations/careers. Results of the assessments are interpreted by your TMCC counselor in an individual appointment or a mini-group workshop.
  • Instruction in the EPY 101 Course (which focuses on college and life skills)
  • Diversity Support
  • Resources and Referrals

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a counselor to discuss and resolve their concerns. Regular contact with a counselor can help in making advancement through college smooth and successful.

  • Employment while Studying

Like many international students, you may be itching to show some independence and work while studying.  This bid for preparing yourself for a career is encouraged by Truckee Meadows Community College.  

TMCC's International Services work closely with the Career Center and Internship Coordinator to assist you with:

  • On-campus student employment
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) such as internships; and
  • Optional Practical Training (post-graduation employment) if you are enrolled in an academic program and possess a valid F-1 visa.

While working as a student, your part-time work can get you between USD9.00 and USD12 per hour.  For your OPT though, you may earn a starting wage of USD12 to USD15 per hour.

Both CPT and OPT opportunities would not even be a concern if you are enterprising enough and have the skills to go after employment opportunities. The significant growth in Nevada and Reno in recent years and the fact that Reno hosts numerous annual events each year such as the Reno Air Races and Cinco de Mayo Festival (to name a few) have created opportunities even for international students.

And remember, if you are enrolled in an eligible STEM program, you may remain in the United States for up to 36 months after you graduate.


English Exams and English Language Programs

Many of TMCC's international students start out at the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) located on the UNR campus. Upon completion of the IELC program many of students transfer to TMCC. Students who complete the IELC program may transfer to TMCC with a recommendation from IELC in place of the TOEFL or IELTS.‌

But if you are reasonably confident about your English language skills, the requirement is lower than those of a university:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 or
  • TOEFL iBT 61 (paper based 500)


  • F.L.A.M.E.S.

FLAMES is an acronym for Financial Literacy and Money Education by Students. It is a student-led financial mentoring program designed to help educate students in financial literacy.

If you are not used to managing your own funds yet, FLAMES will help you with:

  • Simple budgeting;
  • Understanding Credit;
  • Banking Basics;
  • Credit Cards;
  • Fraud Prevention.

Best of all, this is a FREE SERVICE for students. 

  • Grade Requirement

There's none. Unlike universities and other colleges, TMCC has no grade average for admission. This is not an invitation to do well though.  While TMCC may not care much about your academic achievements prior to enrolling in the College, TMCC does have strict academic standards while you are enrolled with them.

  • Housing

Though none of the TMCC campuses offer student housing there are a variety of housing options available near the University of Nevada, Reno and TMCC campuses. You won't feel lost as International Services can assist you with finding off-campus housing and related community services.

  • Intake Date

If you are not sure yet or are still waiting on your family for a decision, you won't have to worry about missing out on a program.  Most programs have TWO intake dates though deadlines must be observed as follows:

  • June 1 for the Fall september
  • November 1 for the Spring semester

With these two intake dates, you will have a lot of time to prepare for your enrollment and subsequent student visa application!

  • Scholarships

TMCC offers many scholarship opportunities for international students!  These grants may range anywhere from USD200 to USD1,000 per year. Consider the following opportunities:

  • TMCC Foundation Scholarships are available to invidividuals who distinguish themselves academically;
  • Student Club Scholarships includes PUSO & I-Club scholarships often based on a personal essay that you submit to them;
  • External Scholarships: you would have recourse to several resources including the External Scholarship Board of TMCC;
  • Scholarship workshops are offered throughout the year to assist international students.

Isn't this something to smile about?

  • Student Government Association (SGA)

TMCC student clubs and activities are a great way to meet new people and gain new experiences.  TMCC's Student Government Association (SGA) encourages academic, cultural, and other categories and students to participate in student government and its various clubs, activities and projects.  

Do you have leadership skills?  You'll be interested to know that PAID leadership positions exist, allowing you to work on-campus.

TMCC has more than 20 recognized student clubs including:

  • International Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Power in Culture Club
  • Philippines United Students Organization (PUSO)

Feeling lonely or homesick? Or do you feel that you would need help in settling down? The various clubs may be able to help you out and provide moral support when you need it.

  • Study Programs

If you are looking for options for your studies, you will be pleased with Truckee Meadows Community College roster of more than 50 programs including:

  • Business and Logistics Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Communications
  • University Transfer Programs
  • Health Science programs.

As TMCC has several campuses and some programs are offered only in some. Be sure that you read carefully and choose where your desired program is being offered.


  • T.L.C.

TLC may as well stand for Tender Loving Care since the TLC, Tutoring and Learning Center, provides FREE TUTORING in most subjects and writing assistance.

Many international students work as tutors as well since there are many benefits of being one:

  • Retain and reinforce knowledge;
  • Gain work experience in the field of education;
  • Help others in an inviting environment;
  • Have a flexible work schedule.

Pay it forward!  Whether you excel in one subject or several, there will always be someone who may need your help. And who knows?  The person you help today may turn out to be your best friend for life.

  • Transportation

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is a reliable, affordable city bus system. The RTC provides bus service from downtown Reno to TMCC and throughout the greater Reno area. The RTC sells discounted bus passes for the semester to TMCC students at a rate of $115.00.

If you decide to purchase a discounted pass, remember to bring your TMCC ID to as well as to use the passes on RTC buses. You may purchase your TMCC bus pass at the Cashier’s Office in RDMT 318.

  • University Transfer

If you obtain a 2.0 GPA or higher upon completion of an associate degree, you will be guaranteed admission to University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) or University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).  This is because TMCC has transfer agreements with University of Nevada, Reno and University of Nevada, Las Vegas making the process easy. You may also opt to get the assistance of an Academic Advisor if you'd rather have it done that way.

If you intend to study out of state, there's no need to worry.  TMCC's University transfer degrees  are accepted at top universities across the United States!

  • And finally, Affordable tuition

Tuition fee per academic year (fall and spring semesters) is only USD9,040.  

And it does not stop with the affordable tuition fee.  Tuition fee can be paid in installments up to 4 to 5 payments per term


Truckee Meadows Community College is a comprehensive community college that is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Credit and non-credit programs are offered at five educational sites and more than 20 community locations.

If you decide to buy a car while studying in the United States, you'll love that Parking is free and open to the public at all TMCC sites and educational centers. No permits are required.

And if you have not decided whether to enroll yet, TMCC's Student Ambassadors provide Campus Tours. All you have to do is make a request in writing and a Student Ambassador will reply within two business days.  A Student Ambassador will highlight the physical campus while providing tips and observations from their own TMCC student experience.  You may bring your children along but they must be supervised by an adult and are the responsibility of that adult.

Dandini Campus

TMCC's Dandini Campus is home to the student services and administrative functions of the College including, among others:

TMCC by Dandini Campus IVC

  • Admissions and Records;
  • Financial Aid;
  • Testing Services;
  • V. James Eardley Student Services Center;
  • Elizabeth Sturm Library;
  • Academic Advisement;
  • Open computer laboratories;
  • Drop-in child care;
  • Academic assistance from the Tutoring and Learning Center; and
  • Special events.

The Dandini Campus houses the TMCC Café which is open for breakfast lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday. Breakfast and lunch are served on Fridays.  The TMCC Café is a good place to grab a meal, study and connect to the College's wireless Internet service.

TMCC also has a bookstore where you can shop for textbooks, apparel and accessories, supplies, gifts and memorabilia that you can share with your family back home.

Dandini Campus normal hours are:  

  • Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

William N. Pennington Health Science Center

The William N. Pennington Health Science Center is a collaborative campus of Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno. Some of the programs offered in this campus are:

  • Maxine S. Jacobs School of Nursing;
  • Certified Nursing Assistant;
  • Radiologic Technology; and
  • Veterinary Technician.

The William N. Pennington Health Science Center has the following facilities:

TMCC Health Sciences Center by IVC

  • General classrooms;
  • Science laboratories;
  • Nursing laboratory which includes two simulation rooms and two standard patient rooms;
  • Open computer laboratory;
  • Distance education classroom;
  • The Learning Commons which includes the library collection, student group study rooms, a lounge area, help desk for both IT and the library;
  • Conference room;
  • Faculty offices.

Normal hours for the William N. Pennington Health Science Center are from  Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (contact us for special Semester/Summer hours).

Meadowood Center

TMCC's Meadowood Center is conveniently located across the street from Meadowood Mall and on multiple bus routes.

In addition to a wide variety of College credit courses offered regularly at Meadowood Center, other programs found at this location include:

TMCC Meadowood Center by IVC

  • The Workforce Development and Community Education division offering
    • Over 1,000 professional development and personal enrichment programs;
    • Adult Basic Education including English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency preparation;
    • Basic literacy programming;
  • Veterans Upward Bound; and
  • A testing center.

Meadowood Center's normal hours are as follows:

  • Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 
  • Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center

The TMCC William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center provides world-class technical training and education for a skilled workforce.  Programs offered in this campus are for:

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  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

The programs listed above are developed with input from local industry and directly meet the needs of the regional workforce. The Center's advanced shops and labs allow students to train with the hands-on experience for careers in these industries.

Successful students are awarded specialization certifications, certificates of achievement, and associate in applied science degrees.

The William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center normally operates on this schedule:

  • Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center

The TMCC Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center houses the College's performing arts classes. Programs offered at the Performing Arts Center include:

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  • Art program;
  • Graphic Communications;
  • Music;
  • Theater.

The TMCC Theater Department is a very active, creative and vital part of the College curriculum.  In addition, the performing arts classes present a variety of performances at the Center during the year.

The Nell J. Redfield Foundation Performing Arts Center normally operates Monday through Friday from 9AM to 10PM.

Faculties & Departments

As a regionally accredited public community college, Truckee Meadows Community College offers you options to earn an associate degree, one-year certificate or certificate of completion programs in more than 50 career fields, from Architecture to Dental Hygiene to Welding.

There are four Academic Divisions:

  • Business Division
  • Liberal Arts Division
  • Sciences Division
  • Technical Sciences Division

Business Division

The Business Division offers a range of courses that satisfy general education and specific degree requirements.  The Business Division houses the summer school office; and is the center for the business plan competition.

There are two departments in the division:

  • Business and;
  • Workforce Development and Community Education.


Business studies disciplines taught are:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping 
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate and
  • Retail Managment

Business degrees and certificates include:

  • Certificate of Achievement: The TMCC Business Certificate of Achievement shows that you have applied yourself within the business discipline and have successfully completed a series of courses which makes you more marketable and appealing to employers.
  • Associate of Applied Science: The TMCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Business is a two-year degree that employers see as verification of your capabilities in the business area.
  • Associate of Arts: A TMCC Associate of Arts (AA) Degree with a Business or Entrepreneur emphasis enables you to transfer to upper division status at UNR's College of Business.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science: This is an applied four-year degree which provides students with the technical expertise and knowledge needed to meet the Northern Nevada operations and logistics industry technical workforce needs. The Logistics Management AAS and Operations Systems AAS are feeder degrees to the program.

Workforce Development and Community Education.

TMCC's Workforce Development and Community Education (WDCE) offers northern Nevada's largest selection of non-credit personal enrichment and professional success courses. Classes, which start weekly at dozens of area locations, are tailored to adults and esteemed elders. Programs offered include: Non-Credit Programs, Customized Training, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and more.

Liberal Arts Division

The Liberal Arts Division consists of four departments: English, Humanities, Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts. The Division offers a range of courses that satisfy general education and specific degree requirements. The faculty and staff are committed to providing quality education.

English Department

The overall mission of the Truckee Meadows Community College English department is to promote literacy; specifically the ability to read, write, and think critically.

This mission includes the fostering of such technological literacy as information retrieval, research, and communication. The department offers a variety of programs ranging from skill development to poetry, and from university transfer to English for non-native speakers.

History Department

The TMCC History Department offers a variety of courses ranging from introductory survey courses in American, European and Nevada history, to special topics in history such as the History of U.S. Involvement in Vietnam, the History of the Civil War, Mexican History, Gender and History, and African American History.

Humanities Department

The Humanities is a diverse set of disciplines that studies the human condition, especially how humans make sense of themselves and their place in the world. The TMCC Humanities Department offers courses in many of the subject areas that people have used for thousands of years to process and explain the human experience, including foreign languages, philosophy, and speech communication, as well as classes which cover literature, art, politics, film, music, religion, architecture, and history. The department also offers courses in American Sign Language.

Paralegal/Law Department

TMCC Paralegal/Law Program: the only American Bar Association-approved program in Nevada!  TMCC is the only community college in northern Nevada to offer -- on-campus -- the Westlaw online research tool for its Paralegal/Law Program, and to be approved by the American Bar Association. Portions of the credits you earn in the Paralegal/Law degree program may be transferable to other Nevada state four-year institutions.

Political Science Department

The TMCC Political Science Department offers a variety of courses ranging from survey courses in American government, international relations, and comparative government to more specialized courses, such as the politics of international terrorism.

Social Sciences Department

The TMCC Social Sciences Department offers first and second year college courses in the following areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Leadership and Psychology
  • Education Teacher Preparation
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Substance Abuse Coursework (Counseling, Educational Leadership And Psychology/Counseling and Personal Development)

All of these courses transfer to universities and are necessary for a wide variety of programs and degrees. They also provide non-science majors with the fundamentals for lifelong learning and responsible decision making.

Visual and Performing Arts Department

The Visual and Performing Arts Department offers a wide variety of courses in art, dance, music and theater with featured programs in graphic communications, music, theater and visual arts.

  • Art Courses are offered at introductory and intermediate levels in studio art, art history and art appreciation. TMCC has several galleries where visual artists display their work, including the Student Gallery on the third floor of our Red Mountain Building. In its three galleries, TMCC provides the opportunity for visual artists working in diverse styles and genres to exhibit their work and to allow students and the community to view and appreciate current work.
  • The Visual Communications Program offers courses in commercial art, graphic design, advertising design, publication design, graphic arts, and multimedia.
  • The Graphic Communications (GRC) Program has the latest software, along with support scanners, black and white and color printers, a sound booth for creating and capturing audio, and a complete pre-press/print shop facility. This program provides students with the necessary tools to get a job in the graphics career field.
  • TMCC's Music Department offers performance ensembles, musical opportunities, and private lessons. These ensembles and opportunities are open to TMCC students, UNR students, community members and high school students.
  • Theater is an active and creative department that thrives on TMCC's campus. Students engage in a different type of learning while producing 4 to 5 different shows each year. These performances can provide students help with their communications and performance skills. All performances are open to the Reno community and give the students an opportunity to show off their hard work.

Sciences Division

The Sciences Division consists of seven departments: Allied Health, Biology, Computer Technologies, Math, Nursing, Physical Sciences and Vet Tech.

Biology Department

The Biology Department at TMCC offers a comprehensive science education for those students seeking to enter allied health professions or transfer to a bachelor's degree program in Biology, Public Health or related fields.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program 

The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program is an occupational preparatory program offered by the TMCC Sciences Division. Students completing the CNA course will be prepared to assist the professional nurse in direct client care, undertaking those tasks which are supportive to the care of the stable client.

This course meets the Nevada State Board of Nursing eligibility requirements to take the NSBN CNA Clinical Skills Competency Exam and the Written Knowledge Exam. Enrollment is open to the general community.

Computer Technologies

TMCC's Computer Technologies Department offers a variety of courses from office software skills to advanced networking. Find the right class for you, whether it is a computer literacy class, A+, Microsoft, Unix, Cisco, or Web development.


  • AS, Computer Science
  • AAS, Computer Programming Emphasis
  • AAS, Networking and Server Technologies Emphasis
  • AAS, Web Development Emphasis

Certificate of Achievement

  • Computer Technologies

Other Certifications

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Classes
  • A+ Certification Program

Culinary Arts Program

The TMCC Culinary Arts Program was established in 1979 and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Graduates from this program are eligible to apply for the first level certification as a certified culinarian, according to ACF standards.

TMCC's Culinary Arts Program offers several opportunities for degrees and career advancement. Many courses are offered so that students can work and attend TMCC part-time.

The Associate Degree requires a two-year commitment if you attend full-time. The Certificate of Achievement requires a one-year committment if you attend full-time.

Dental Assisting Program

The Dental Assisting Program at TMCC is a ten-month program, with entry only in the Fall Semester, and offers both a Certificate of Achievement and Associate Degree in Applied Science. The Program is also available on a part-time basis, with students completing the program in two years.

In addition to academic classes, TMCC has a fully-equipped dental clinic, which allows students to gain extensive practical experience. The TMCC Dental Assisting program provides instruction in all facets of:

  • Infection Control
  • Chairside Procedures
  • Practice Management
  • Radiography
  • Clinical Science

Upon completion of the program, students will be qualified to take the Dental Assisting National Board exam to become a Certified Dental Assistant.

Dental Hygiene Program

The TMCC Dental Hygiene Program is a two-year full-time Associate of Science degree program of classroom instruction and clinical experience which prepares students to perform the educational, clinical and laboratory responsibilities of a dental hygienist. Classes begin in the Fall Semester each year on a traditional semester schedule, with completion in May of the second year.

Dietetic Technician Program

TMCC's Dietetic Technician Program is part of the Sciences Division at TMCC, and meets all the minimum requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree. The program combines a strong academic background with supervised practice experience, consisting of 450 hours of supervised work in a variety of health care, community and food service institutions.

Mathematics Department

TMCC's Mathematics Department offers courses from beginning algebra past Calculus.  Math classes are offered in a variety of formats to accommodate varying student needs and preferences.

Classes may be held in different formats:

  1. Lecture: Traditional and/or non-traditional learning/instruction methods may be used (lecture, group work, discovery modules, in-class exercises, question-and-answer sessions, etc.). A lecture math class may include an online component (for example, homework and quizzes).
  2. Computer-based: Classes meet in a classroom equipped with computers. Students work with interactive software, completing homework and assessments on the computer. Faculty instruct on an individual and/or small group basis. Access to a computer outside of class time is required in order to complete coursework.
  3. Online: Students interact with the instructor and with their classmates online. Syllabus, class notes, videos, homework, quizzes, practice tests, etc. are delivered online. Students must come to the College to take their midterm and final exams (unless proctoring arrangements have been made with the instructor).
  4. Hybrid: Online class, also meets on campus one day per week for discussion.
  5. Self-paced labs: Classes meet in a math lab. Students work individually and at their own pace. Homework isn't collected. Students take exams after studying the appropriate sections of the textbook. The instructor helps students on an individual and/or small group basis.

Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program

The TMCC Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) prepares students to practice nursing as a registered nurse. Graduates of an ADN program usually practice as nurses in direct client care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and community agencies where nursing roles and services are structured and well defined.  The TMCC Nursing Program is a full-time program. As such, all core nursing courses in the degree are to be taken in sequence.

Physical Sciences Department

The TMCC Physical Sciences Department offers first and second year college courses in the following areas:

  • Earth
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Physics

All of these courses transfer to universities and are necessary for a wide variety of science-based programs and degrees. They also provide non-science majors with the fundamentals for lifelong learning and responsible decision making.

Radiologic Technology Program

The TMCC Radiologic Technology program is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as meeting national professional standards.  Truckee Meadows Community College is also fully accredited by Northwestern Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) 

The mission of TMCC's Radiologic Technology Program is to provide general and basic science education, combined with a sound foundation in the theory and art of Radiologic Technology to meet the educational needs of the students. This is evidenced by a competency-based program employing various teaching methodologies and technologies delivered through quality instruction.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist's Examination for Radiographers and become a member of the health care team.

Veterinary Technician Program

Veterinary Technicians will find a variety of opportunities in private veterinary clinics, as well as in hospitals, higher education, pet food and drug companies. There are also career options in teaching, state and local governments and research facilities.

Veterinary Technicians are in charge of animal nursing care in a veterinary office, including, but not limited to: surgical prep and assisting, inducing and monitoring anesthesia, collecting and analyzing lab samples, client education, producing x-rays and performing dental exams.

Technical Sciences Division

The Technical Sciences Division offers a diverse selection of career training programs including: Apprenticeship, Architecture and Construction Technologies, Criminal Justice, Energy Technologies, Manufacturing Technologies, Public and Occupational Safety, Transportation Technologies, and Veterinary Technologies. 

The TMCC William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center offers the following programs:

  • Construction:
    • Architecture and Design Technology
    • Construction Management
    • HVAC/R
  • Energy:
    • Geothermal Energy;
    • Power Plant Operator;
    • Solar Energy;
    • Wind Energy.
  • Manufacturing:
    • Apprenticeship;
    • Drafting;
    • Food Processing;
    • Machining;
    • Production Systems;
    • Welding.
  • Transportation:
    • Automotive;
    • Aviation;
    • Diesel;
    • Unmanned Aerial Systems.

Academic Programs

Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Food Science

Wages and Salaries in the United States of America

Wages and Salaries in the United States of America

2017 Highlights:

  • Nineteen states began the new year with higher minimum wages;
  • Seven states (Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota) automatically increased their rates based on the cost of living;
  • Five states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine and Washington) increased their rates through ballot initiatives previously approved by voters;
  • Seven states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Vermont) did so as a result of legislation passed in prior sessions; 
  • Washington D.C., Maryland and Oregon raises their respective minimum wages on July 1, 2017 due to previously enacted legislation. 
State Minimum Wage  Future Enacted Indexed Automatic
    Increases Annual Adjustments
 Alabama none - -
 Alaska $9.80 - Indexed annual increases begin Jan. 1, 2017. (2014 ballot measure)
 Arizona $10.00 $10.50 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Rate increased annually based on cost of living. (Ballot measure 2006)
 Arkansas $8.50 - -
 California $10.50 $11.00 eff. 1-1-18
$12.00 eff. 1-1-19
$13.00 eff. 1-1-20
$14.00 eff. 1-1-21
$15.00 eff. 1-1-22
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan. 1, 2023
 Colorado $9.30 $10.20 eff. 1-1-18
$11.10 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Rate increasedannually based on cost of living beginning Jan 1, 2021 (2016 ballot measure)
 Connecticut $10.10 - -
 Delaware $8.25 - -
 D.C. $12.50 $13.25 eff. 7-1-18
$14.00 eff. 7-1-19
$15.00 eff. 7-1-20
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin July 1, 2021
 Florida $8.10 - Annual increase based cost of living. (Constitutional amendment 2004)
 Georgia $5.15 - -
 Guam $8.25 - -
 Hawaii $9.25 $10.10 eff. 1-1-18 -
 Idaho $7.25 - -
 Illinois $8.25 - -
 Indiana $7.25 - -
 Iowa $7.25 - -
 Kansas $7.25 - -
 Kentucky $7.25 - -
 Louisiana none - -
 Maine $9.00 $10.00 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan 1, 2021
 Maryland $9.25 $10.10 eff. 7-1-18 -
Massachusetts $11.00 - -
 Michigan $8.90 $9.25 eff. 1-1-18 Annual increases take effect Jan. 1, 2019, linked to the CPI. Increases not to exceed 3.5%. (2014 Legislation)
Minnesota $9,50/$7.75 - -
 Mississippi none - -
 Missouri $7.70 - Minimum wage increased or decreased by cost of living starting Jan. 1, 2008. (2006 ballot measure)
 Montana $8.25/$4.00 - Increases done annually based on the CPI and effective Jan. 1 of the following year. (2006 ballot measure)
 Nebraska $9.00 - -
 Nevada $8.25/$7.25 - Increases subject to the federal minimum wage and consumer price index. Increases take effect July 1. (Constitutional amendment 2004/2006). 
 New Hampshire repealed by HB 133 (2011) - -
 New Jersey $8.44 - Indexed annual increases based on the CPI, effective Jan. 1, 2014. (Constitutional Amendment 2013)
 New Mexico $7.50 - -
 New York $9.70

$10.40 eff. 12-31-17
$11.10 eff. 12-31-18
$11.80 eff. 12-31-19
$12.50 eff. 12-31-20
After 12-31-20, the rate is adjusted annually for inflation until it reaches $15.00

 North Carolina $7.25 - -
 North Dakota $7.25 - -
 Ohio $8.15/$7.25 - Indexed annual increases based on the CPI. (Constitutional amendment 2006).
 Oklahoma $7.25/$2.00 - -
 Oregon $10.25 $10.75 eff. 7-1-18
$11.25 eff. 7-1-19
$12 eff. 7-1-20
$12.75 eff. 7-1-21
$13.50 eff. 7-1-22
Indexed annual increases based on the CPI are effective July 1, 2023 (2016 legislation). 
 Pennsylvania $7.25 - -
 Rhode Island $9.60 $10.10 eff. 1-1-18
$10.50 eff. 1-1-19
 South Carolina none - -
 South Dakota $8.65 - Annual indexed increases begin Jan. 1, 2016. (2014 ballot measure.)
 Tennessee none - -
 Texas $7.25 - -
 Utah $7.25 - -
 Vermont $10.00 $10.50 eff. 1-1-18 Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, minimum wage increased annually by 5% or the CPI, whichever is smaller; it cannot decrease. Note: Vermont started indexing in 2007 but enacted additional increases in 2014. (2014 legislation)
 Virginia $7.25 - -
 Washington $11.00 $11.50 eff. 1-1-2018
$12.00 eff. 1-1-2019
$13.50 eff. 1-1-2020
Annual indexed increases began Jan. 1, 2020. (ballot measure 2016)
 West Virginia $8.75 - -
 Wisconsin $7.25 - -
 Wyoming $5.15 - -


Source: National Conference of State Legislatures.  http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx.  Last Visited November 9, 2017

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